Boxing at Commonwealth Games 2022: Results from Day 10, Amit Panghal, Zareen Nikhat, and Delicious Orie victorious in gold medal bouts

Find out all the results from the Birmingham 2022 gold medal bouts on Sunday 7 August 2022, here. 

By Olympics.com
Picture by EDDIE KEOGH

Boxing at the 2022 Commonwealth Games reached its final crescendo with a roaring day of gold medal bouts on day 10.

Across three sessions the top two boxers in each division met in a finals bout to determine who would walk away with the title in Birmingham.

The first gold of the day went to Nitu Ghanghas of Team India in the women's minimumweight final, emulating the achievement of her compatriot Mary Kom.

Two different styles and statures were in the ring but it was Nitu who was able to use her physical advantage to win by unanimous decision over home boxer Demie-Jade Resztan.

To stay competitive the Englishwoman needed to get inside the reach of 22-year-old Games debutant and rough her on the inside but with her one-two combination at long range Resztan was largely unable to get a look-in.

After winning the first two rounds the Bhiwani boxer continued her onslaught, slowing the pace of the boxing to her advantage and even drawing out a standing count of eight to underline her dominance in the third.

"I am so happy, I can hardly breathe," Nitu said after the bout.

"This will make my village so happy and proud. I have won the gold medal against a really good opponent. She was strong and I have to compliment her: she was a very worthy opponent. She told me afterwards that I deserved to win the gold medal, and that means a lot to me."

Continuing the early gold medal rush for India was Amit Panghal who also won his final by unanimous decision in the men's flyweight gold medal contest.

Immediately the sharper of the two, the Indian boxer was calculating in his attacks; coming in on the outside and maximising on his mobility to catch Macdonald and land several punishing hooks.

Taking the first round, Amit continued to stay on top in the second. Macdonald sustained a significant cut to his left eye forcing a pause in the bout as efforts were made to stem the flow of blood.

Encouraged by the injury Amit rose up another level, deliberately Macdonald's left eye as the home favourite, a silver medallist at this year's European championships, favourite tried to his level best to protect it.

Wales' Rosie Eccles was furious in her pursuit of the gold in the women's light middleweight final earning the medal through stoppage mid-way in the second round.

The 26-year-old started quickly working in the shorter range and flashing variety to earn the judges' approval over her opponent Kaye Frances Scott of Australia.

A furious combination led to the first of two standing eight counts handed out in the fight before the referee eventually intervened and stopped the contest. Eccles' victory means she has officially upgraded on the silver she won four years ago on the Gold Coast.

Sam Hickey of Scotland came out on top of a tightly fought clash in the men's middleweight contest final. The 22-year-old from Dundee split the judges 3-2 to take the gold.

It was a blistering start from Hickey who burst out of his corner scoring effectively and efficiently to Peters' body and head. Absorbing the flurry Peters then rallied back capitalising on a lapse in the Scot's concentration to land some of his own clean shots, to split the judges 3-2 in Hickey's favour.

The instruction from Scot's coach heading into the second round was discipline and Hickey executed; landing the kind of quality the judges have been approving of all week. Pinning the tenacious Aussie, Hickey took the second, 4-1.

Fitness proved a big factor in the third and final round.

As Hickey began to flag Peters once more seized the opportunity to make an impression despite the pressure being applied. But equally as happy to take as many shots as he could produce it was the Scotsman who continued to find the edge enough to take the title to the delight of the home crowd.

In the final bout of the morning session Sean Lazzerini edged out Taylor Bevan of Wales to bank Scotland's gold medal in the boxing finals.

Two tight scores after the first two rounds meant everything was on the line in the final round of the men's light heavyweight final but it was the impressionable final punches of the Scot that swung the judges ultimately in his favour.

Zareen Nikhat won India's third gold medal out of three bouts today against Carly NcNaul in the women's flyweight final.

Fresh from winning the world title seven weeks ago, the Indian boxed too cleverly for the Northern Irish co-captain, landing short sharp combinations before retreating out of reach.

McNaul stayed committed throughout, but was unable to build any rhythm, with Nikhat tying her up at any opportunity.

In the end, Nikhat took all three rounds unanimously to win her first Commonwealth Games gold medal, while her opponent had to settle for a second-consecutive silver medal.

"It’s a good day for Indian boxing. This is our third gold medal so far, and hopefully we get a fourth one in the evening session when Sagar fights," Nikhat said after.

"Women’s boxing is growing in India since Mary Kom won a medal at the Olympics [London 2012]. She has been a great inspiration for every boxer in India."

The men's bantamweight title was a battle between two teenagers, with Dylan Ealgeson of Northern Ireland coming from behind to beat Ghana's Abraham Mensa.

Eagleson boxed largely on the backfoot, frustrating Mensah with clever pot shots. But Mensah's aggressive approach was initially favoured by the judges with a comfortable first round victory.

The Northern Irish southpaw switched tactics and started finding success with some heavy body shots.

The bout was quite wild at points with both fighters trading a multitude of blows, but ultimately Eagleson's were cleaner and he was awarded a unanimous win.

The men's light welterweight title went to Scotland's Reece Lynch, who survived a bloody bout against Louis Colin of Mauritius.

Towering southpaw Lynch, who won world bronze earlier in the year, was comfortably superior in the first two rounds, securing more point-scoring hits despite both backfoot fighters appearing hesitant to engage.

But some complacency may have set in in the third round, and a more aggressive Colin landed several big blows on his opponent that resulted in a cut to Lynch's face and a separate standing eight-count.

Colin was awarded the final round but it was too little too late as Lynch was awarded the split decision, and Scotland's third gold medal of the day.

"We were saying from the start this is a brilliant Scottish team. We have been in the same tournaments, the same camps. I know what they have put in to get these medals," Lynch said after.

"It was my first ever cut. I nearly panicked when I first saw it.

"I have always dreamed of getting my first cut in a gold medal bout. Now I have got something to show to go with the medal."

Northern Ireland's Aidan Walsh controlled the pace of his bout with Tiago Muxanga of Mozambique from start to finish to claim the men's light middleweight title.

Walsh used his rangy physique to great affect, landing a few early punches to give Muxanga an early standing eight count, before settling back into his favoured position of boxing on the back foot.

A silver medal winner in 2018, Walsh was able to upgrade that in Birmingham with a unanimous decision.

"I’ll celebrate with a chicken chow mein and a coke," Walsh said after.

"I’m a good person and the fact that I have a gold medal around my neck won’t change that at all."

Northern Ireland's Amy Broadhurst showed why she is the reigning world champion with a dominant win over England's Gemma Richardson in the women's lightweight final.

Richardson was aggressive and showed battling spirit from start to finish, but was just not able to land clean shots on her experienced opponent.

Broadhurst threw fewer punches but made them count, particularly with her lethal left-hand cross, to take a unanimous points decision victory.

Lewis Richardson England became the new Commonwealth Games men's heavyweight champion after a unanimous decision win over Ato Plodzicki-Faoagali.

The Samoan, who won silver in 2018, came out aggressively but despite throwing more punches lost the opening two rounds due to 6-foot-7 Richardson's more accurate shots.

The Englishman then burst into life in the third round, owning the centre of the ring and delivering a devastating uppercut that effectively ended the contest.

The evening's final session began with the news Jude Gallagher of Northern Ireland had won the gold in the men's featherweight final after his opponent, Joseph Commey, pulled out of the bout on medical grounds.

That meant the ring action started with the women's featherweight final where Michaela Walsh of Northern Ireland won by unanimous decision.

The vastly experienced Walsh, whose brother Aidan struck gold earlier in the men's light middleweight contest, earned the favour of the judges across all three rounds.

Even on the back foot deep into the third round, as Oshoba rallied, Walsh held firm to win her first Commonwealth Games gold after picking up two successive silvers in 2014 and 2018.

"That was for my grandad, Niall," Walsh said afterwards. "I didn’t achieve it before he died in 2014. I felt he was there with me watching over me tonight."

Ioan Croft's accuracy propelled him to gold by unanimous decision in the men's welterweight final.

The Welshman's emphasis on efficiency over Stephen Zimba's push for volume ultimately won over the judges who favoured him heavily in the first two rounds.

21-year-old Zimba of Zambia was spirited throughout the bout but struggled to land many of his punches, despite his energy.

The women's middleweight Commonwealth final was an exact replica of the one at the world championships earlier this year.

And just like in Istanbul Tammara Thibeault took the bout by the scruff of the neck and controlled the fight on her terms to win unanimously in front of a packed out Hall 4.

Displaying all her skills the Canadian fought long range and up close as well as slipping from the front foot to back to never really allow her opponent Rady Adosinda Gramane of Mozambique into the fight.

The finale of the night was the men's super heavyweight clash featuring home favourite Delicious Orie who won by unanimous decision.

It was a bright start form the Englishman before his opponent, Sagar Ahlawat of India, surged. Barrelling into the Englishman, he worked to deny Orie the use of his straight right hand and applied sufficient foot pressure to impress the judges and take the first round 4-1.

The second round saw another positive start from Orie using his right uppercut to do some of his own damage on the Indian.

With the scorecards all tied up ahead of the third, thanks to impressive uppercut work from Orie in the second, the final three minutes were crucial to the bout's conclusion.

Orie immediately looked the fitter of the two as it got underway but Sagar continued to throw out heavy right hands blunting the Englishman's energy. But on the 15th second the English boxer flipped the agenda sending out a big right hook before following through with an uppercut slowing Sagar down.

Though he tried to rally it was too little too late for the Indian, with the clock ticking down, and as the final bell sounded Orie immediately began to celebrate, sensing his victory.

Commonwealth Games 2022: Day 10 boxing results

Women's minimum weight final:

  • Nitu Ghanghas (IND) won 5-0 over Demie-Jade Resztan (ENG)

Men's flyweight final:

  • Amit Panghal (IND) won 5-0 over Kiaran Macdonald (ENG)

Women's light middleweight final:

  • Rosie Eccles (WAL) won on RSC over Kaye Frances Scott (AUS)

Men's middleweight final:

  • Sam Hickey (SCO) won 3-2 over Callum Peters (AUS)

Men's light heavyweight final:

  • Sean Lazzerini (SCO) won 4-1 over Taylor Bevan (WAL)

Women's flyweight final:

  • Zareen Nikhat (IND) won 5-0 over Carly McNaul (NIR)

Men's bantamweight final:

  • Dylan Eagleson (NIR) won 5-0 over Abraham Mensa (GHA)

Men's light welterweight final:

  • Reece Lynch (SCO) won 4-1 over Louis Colin (MRI)

Men's light middleweight final:

  • Aidan Walsh (NIR) won 5-0 over Tiago Muxanga (MOZ)

Women's lightweight final:

  • Amy Broadhurst (NIR) won 5-0 over Gemma Richardson (ENG)

Men's heavyweight final:

  • Lewis Williams (ENG) won 5-0 over Ato Plodzicki-Faoagali (SAM)

Men's featherweight final:

  • Jude Gallgher (NIR) won on WO over Joseph Commey (GHA)

Women's featherweight final:

  • Michaela Walsh (NIR) won 5-0 over Elizabeth Oshoba (NGR)

Men's welterweight final:

  • Ioan Croft (WAL) won 5-0 Stephen Zimba (ZAM)

Women's middleweight final:

  • Tammara Thibeault (CAN) won 5-0 over Rady Adosinda Gramane (MOZ)

Men's super heavyweight final:

  • Delicious Orie (ENG) won 5-0 over Sagar Ahlawat (IND)

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